August 2020



Mike Tyson, Will Smith and Snoop Dogg feature in Jaws-dropping special event  

 SHARK WEEK, television’s longest-running, and most anticipated summer event returns with bigger sharks and bigger breaches on Sunday, August 16. SHARK WEEK 2020’s Jaws-dropping lineup will deliver incredible shark stories and celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘Air Jaws’. This year, the pop culture phenomenon will take viewers to oceans around the world revealing phenomenal insights into the mysterious world of these magnificent creatures, with heavyweight champ Mike Tyson kicking off the week by throwing his hat in the underwater ring, plus Hollywood’s star Will Smith overcoming his greatest fears, and Snoop Dogg investigating some of America’s craziest shark encounters.

Discovery Channel continues to work with nearly two dozen of the world’s most respected marine biologists and science institutions to bring brand-new, innovative shark research technology and compelling insight on some of the most unique shark species in the world. SHARK WEEK 2020 will take viewers to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa to see how the global lockdown and reduced amount of human activity on the seas has given sharks the opportunity to reclaim the oceans.

Tyson Vs Jaws Rumble On The Reef, from 22 August

Legendary boxer and entrepreneur Mike Tyson is taking on a new challenge… and he picked the most unlikely training partner. Iron Mike will go head-to-head with one of the ocean’s top apex predators in ‘Tyson Vs Jaws Rumble On The Reef’. With famed ring announcer Michael Buffer calling the shots, these two heavyweights will square off underwater, where Mike Tyson will try to score a TKO over the massive shark… all in the name of research. And don’t worry, no sharks were harmed (or bitten) in the making of this episode.

Will Smith: Off the Deep End, from 20 August

Legendary actor Will Smith is also partaking in Shark Week 2020 with ‘Will Smith: Off the Deep End’. With the help of his family and shark attack survivor, Paul De Gelder, Hollywood’s biggest star will be on a journey to overcome his greatest fear – massive tiger sharks.

Sharkadelic Summer, from 21 August

Snoop Dogg takes a look at why Great White Sharks are taking up residence along America’s shores. Will this be the “sharkiest” summer in US history? Snoop will breakdown the craziest shark encounters caught on tape, marvel at the wild and unpredictable reactions, and meet with the leading experts who are trying to unlock the secrets behind this great white shark invasion.

Other shows in the line-up include Air Jaws Ultimate Breach Off, Sharks Of Ghost Island, Air Jaws 2020 and Shark Lockdown.

This year, Oceana and Discovery continue to team up to help protect sharks, which are threatened by a global shark fin trade that includes fins from as many as 73 million sharks each year. The fight against this brutal, wasteful practice is supported by Discovery and other Shark Week partners who are creating content to educate fans about why healthy oceans need sharks and are raising money in support of Oceana’s campaigns, which include advocating for the passage of the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019.

SHARK WEEK 2020 will premiere in the region from Sunday August 16 on Discovery Channel (OSN channel 500).

Show synopses:

Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off, from 16 August

Three teams of researchers return to one of the last hunting grounds for AIR JAWS. They will use decoys, drones, and underwater cameras to count the number of breaches and collect data on hunting techniques to see if the shark population is rebounding.

Sharks of Ghost Island, from 18 August

On the edge of the Bermuda Triangle lies Ghost Island, a place locals have abandoned after multiple shipwrecks and shark attacks. Dr. Craig O’Connell has been here before to study the potential shark hot spot, but his first trip ended abruptly when his boat nearly sank. Now Craig is back with a team of experts and they are determined to find why this island attracts so many sharks, even the great white.

Air Jaws 2020, from 19 August

Shark Week celebrates 20 years of flying sharks with Jeff Kurr, Chris Fallows, Dickie Chivell and many more as they revisit the most popular and iconic “Air Jaws” moments.

Shark Lockdown, from 17 August

In the waters off New Zealand, the largest female great whites are measuring over 20ft long, earning the nickname “the 747s.” With no human interaction during COVID-19, researchers built a self-propelled cage to see how hunting patterns have changed.

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